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Windmill 3D Screensaver Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — Windmill 3D Screensaver

Enjoy the peaceful beauty of the rural setting!
$19.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 168 (26%) 480 (74%) 59 comments

Windmill 3D Screensaver was available as a giveaway on March 2, 2008!

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Find yourself in a peaceful rural setting, far away from the hectic city life. You are in an ideal place to wander about, relax and discover the variety of lovely countryside views. Take a tour around a traditional Dutch farm with a magnificent brick windmill, one of the major local attractions. Surrounded by gorgeous fields of red and yellow tulips and lush green meadows you will feel especially close to the beauty and harmony of nature.

Features:

  • Full 3D environment
  • High-quality animation
  • Extremely realistic, colorful graphics
  • Find yourself in an ideal place to rest and relax
  • Relaxing music and nature sounds
  • Digital Clock
  • FPS counter
  • Gorgeous traditional Dutch windmill.

System Requirements:

Pentium III or higher; 32 MB Video Memory; DirectX 8.0 or higher; DirectX-compatible sound card; Windows 9x/2000/XP/Vista

Publisher:

Astro Gemini Software

Homepage:

http://www.astrogemini.com/windmill.html

File Size:

11 MB

Price:

$19.95

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#59

Mcafee Site Advisor links this company to malware and spyware

Reply   |   Comment by thomasalan  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#58

I really like GAOTD & enjoy & get useful advice from the comments. I downloaded the screensaver. Had read that it looks best in 800x640 (?) mode & obviously made the mistake of changing it in the manager instead of Windows. The screen save came on for 5 seconds & then a blue screen. I worked for 14 hours trying to fix my PC. It deleted all my restore points & created quite a mess. I can get online now & do most programs but there are still things missing. Don't believe I can get back what I had without much more tedious work. From now on I'm going to backup my restore points to jump drive. I still love this site. I've had no problems with other programs & I believe it was my fault by changing the resolution in the manager.

Reply   |   Comment by Blingblitz  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#57

okay, it's good, but why would you pay $20 for it? I like it but I wouldn't pay for it

Reply   |   Comment by justin  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#56

As I have said before, I will NEVER download and install screensavers, as most are like an evil disease that spreads,takes up not only unnecessary space, are not required, but worst of all, play around with your computer, often in nasty ways. Stay well clear unless you like having to restore or reinstall everything again ! Thanks GAOTD, as you will guess, I will pass on this !!!

Reply   |   Comment by Phil  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#55

All I get when I try to preview is a green screen followed by a black screen with a moving white square. Unistalled (both screensaver and manager) re-installed, same thing. Oh well, too late in the offer to really worry about getting a fix, but I thought I'd voice my problems. Don't really like screen savers any way.

Reply   |   Comment by Neil  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#54

Thanks GAOTD! I wouldn't want a screensaver every day but I'll happily have one now and then. This one's A-OK.

Reply   |   Comment by Jason  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#53

#46, ZF, while it's unfortunate that you took my post as insulting, I absolutely stand by everything I said in it. The fact that Astro Gemini and some other screensaver developers install a screensaver manager, which has some useful features but is primarily to promote their screensavers, is well known and an old issue, as is the fact that screensavers can be run with power management, and can be run standalone. Every time screensavers are posted, the screensaver-haters scream and whine and bitch and moan about all sorts of supposed malware issues. The only potential malware issue is the one which eeZee noticed and I commented on in post #45. What I failed to mention is that many companies know vast amounts of information about you. The credit bureaus and anyone who uses their information knows a great deal about you, including employers. Microsoft receives lots of information about me during crash dump feedback, and any usage information which I have allowed. My security software provider knows every single application installed on my computer. Google knows more about you than anybody, far more than the credit bureaus, perhaps more than friends and family members know about you. And since the NSA taps all communications traffic of all types, they probably know even more about you. And don't forget that absolutely everything that you send or receive over the Internet is public, unless it's encrypted or sent over a secure connection. If information about your use of the Astro Gemini Screensaver Manager is being sent to Astro Gemini, then they should definitely inform you, but in the scheme of things, it's a very minor issue.

The fact that Astro Gemini installs software in folders clearly labeled "Astro Gemini" is a non-issue. The amount of storage space they use on your drives is trivial. I never see anyone here whine and bitch and moan about the severe damage that most serious application installations do. Most wreak havoc with your registry, critical system files, frequently other installed applications, codecs, etc. And if you want to install anything other than what your computer originally came with, there's not a lot that you can do about it. All of the super-duper registry cleaner fixer-uppers don't do squat to repair any real damage. Almost all software, no matter who the vendor is, including Microsoft, will do some damage upon installation. And most serious applications will add, remove, and modify software and settings all over your computer, no matter where you tell them to install themselves. Why don't you try tracing an installation of Microsoft Office? Basically, everything that you complained about was just the installation of Astro Gemini's Screensaver Manager, which is easily uninstalled if you're so concerned about a few megabytes of space. And I was serious about the fact that my computer will frequently record 70 GB per day (high-definition TV takes up a lot of disk space).

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#52

Look MAGIC Windmill! It turns although the blades are just frames!

Reply   |   Comment by TNT  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#51

Well I'll admit it, I dont like to use screen savers. But thats not the reason I disprove of this one. Thanks to # 12, 19, and 29, for pointing out the security issue about the app wanting to phone home. I use a dedicated anti dialer just for this reason. a-square, the same people who gave away Mamutu a few days back, have a free Anti Dialer. Since it's a screensaver and not a program that needs updating like a virus app., there is no need for it to be phoning anyone. The only time it should phone is when it's verifying a registration, thats it.

Finally for those with extra resources please, please consider this: World Community Grid. They use those resources for reasearch.

Thanks anyway GAOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by CRD  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#50

I do enjoy collecting screensavers, testing out various companies and such. The one I've been using for a while was a previous giveaway: Moon by Rixanne.

Astro Gemini, I've found:
- doesn't activate very smoothly (I'm 1 for 3 in terms of giveaways)
- doesn't have the best looking graphics (Garden 3D and Bungalow 3D, I wasn't very impressed with)
- I can't stand the manager; it's intrusive and is self nagging

But from reading these reviews, this one:
- activates well
- looks good
- easily bypasses the manager

hmm...

Reply   |   Comment by ShadowThunder  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#49

@#44, try downloading DirectX 9.0c. According to Resource Hacker with the screensaver open (don't poke around the Windows directory at home, kids!), one dialog displayed that it needs DX9 to run (questions me: why DX9? How about DX7 or DX8?).

Reply   |   Comment by GMMan  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#48

WOW, Someone sure is upset at my "comment on the software here". You can suggest and assume all you want, but I'm stating my opinion from posted data (User Rating and comments). From that, YES, I can determine what's popular. Exactly what "downloads" data are you referring too? I don't see it. I would love to find a cool screen saver for my computer, even if they're not needed, but having my computer screwed up 1 day out of 7 is still too much in my opinion. And #43...Stop biting your tongue and make more comments if that's what you really want to do? That's the only way you'll let GAOTD know us "whiners" are wrong if thats how you feel. Being right doesn't make someone a whiner. By the way, now the rating is 82 up 236 down.

Reply   |   Comment by Darin  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#47

personally, I think those system requirements are waaay too low.

Athlon XP 2800+ (2ghz true cpu clock) 512mb ram, AGP 8x GeForce FX5700 with 128 megs of ram, Win2K SP4- 12 FPS @ 1024x768 16 bit color.

My solution for the screensaver manager (and other leftovers) is Revo Uninstaller [http://www.revouninstaller.com/] and uninstall the manager right away. Screensavers like this are for giving my mind and hands a break so I don't keep thinking of what I'm taking a break from.

My usual screensaver (monitor off or on) is JkDefrag. [http://www.kessels.com/JkDefrag/]

That way it takes care of defragmenting my drives in the system's spare time, rather than big blocks of boredom.

Reply   |   Comment by goodgotd  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#46

#25 Fubar, your post was insulting and full of excuses for poor software behavior. In any event you can count on not hearing me 'whine' again.

Reply   |   Comment by ZF  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#45

#29, eeZee, unlike the BS posted by ZF, part of what you posted is correct. The Astro Gemini Screensaver Manager is recording, only while the user is interacting with it, how many times the user clicked on any of its Astro-Gemini related user interface elements (not for your other screensavers). This is for the collection of marketing information. If it sends this information back to Astro Gemini, it's an ethical, but not a technical, violation of their privacy policy, which only covers their screensavers, not their screensaver manager. I'm not paranoid, I don't care about this, but users should be informaed. If it bothers you, simply uninstall the screensaver manager (you'll probably need to update the shortcuts to the screensavers). I would regard this more as marketingware rather than spyware. It doesn't hook into your general keyboard or browser use in any way. If you like Astro Gemini's Screensaver Manager and you want to ensure that harmless marketing information isn't sent back, turn off its update settings, and block it with your firewall. By the way, for those complaining about various screensaver-related problems, the Astro Gemini Screensaver Manager has useful information on fixing the problems. You can also read the following post on BladedThoth's forum:
http://forum.bladedthoth.com/viewtopic.php?t=56

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#44

I can't get it to work, tried and activated on 2 computers, both play music but just show blank screens.

Reply   |   Comment by Bob Ress  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#43

# 9 wrote (before my comment was bumped from 2 to 3) "Why does #2 write like he has shares in the company?" (I think he was referring to my earlier review.)

Honestly, I wish I did. Can't afford them. Pesky recession.

***

# 23 wrote: "Rather than displaying windmills, tulips and animals my screen just quickly and continuously cycles thru a rainbow of solid colors. Makes me kind of dizzy to watch. Hope I can get it working."

I run into that problem sometimes. I think that on older computers, some of the graphics in the more advanced screensavers do not always render properly. With me, sometimes they do, and sometimes they don't. Keep trying if it doesn't.

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# 26 wrote: "...The Screensaver Manager is nothing but more promotional material for their screensavers to make you buy more. I wonder what would happen if you bought everything they offered."

I think they'd likely give you the Screensaver Manager anyway, because you can adjust the settings for all the screensavers using it. I just deactivate the Screensaver Manager using the standard Control Panel - Appearance and Themes - Choose a screensaver. No harm, no foul.
Coincidently, I checked the Astro Gemini website, and they now do offer all their screensavers in one collection for $120 US, as well as less expensive theme packs. But for people on a budget like me, GAotD works as well.

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BuBBy wrote (# 28): "Screensaver Sunday is appreciated by some users who perhaps bite their tongues on the other days, because the software or games don’t appeal to them. The GOTD Team does read this comments section, and does listen to legitimate complaints. If personally, you don’t like screensavers - be happy it is 6 days software to 1 day screensaver, and not the other way around. :) "

Absolutely true. And I love Screensaver Sundays.
Recently, screensavers have only been offered once every two or three weeks, so it's even 13 to 1, or even 20 to 1. And we screensaver lovers don't whine or complain when you guys are fawning over that new registry cleaner program / backup program / small business program / network administrator program, etc. (though some of the multimedia programs, DVD rippers, video editors, audio editors, etc. are really cool, too). We bite our tongues for you during the rest of the week/fortnight/month. Please show us the same respect. :)
Thanks BuBBY and GAotD, keep up the good work.


***

# 29 joked about the music: "Dance Of The Happy Little Leprechauns Dressed In Pink Tutu’s".

That's the upcoming St. Patrick's Day weekend screensaver, isn't it?
:)

Reply   |   Comment by BritCanuck  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#42

Thank you #28 Bubby. Your 100% spot on. Thumbs up to you man. I wish yous gave away more of these screensavers, but am just greatful for the ones you do giver us.
So, keep up the great work and I for one look for as many screensavers as you will allow me to so greatfully have.
Have a wonderful weekend, whatever is left of it.

Reply   |   Comment by Purple Rabbit  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#41

@ #11 Corine - yeah, might not be historically accurate or whatever
but if you like windmills and Holland like i do, then
this screensaver is pretty cool....

(not mocking)

Reply   |   Comment by jeff  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#40

Screen Saver GiveAwayOfTheDay!

I think it is not fair for screen savers to be evaluated as an application for all to Thumping it!

Screen Savers are a class by itself and it would make very much sense to give it its own site for proper evaluation by those who really value it! Hence, don't you agree that its about time to have a dedicated site for screen savers only as give aways?

My favorite screen saver is just "blank" & "power off"! why, because I am prolonging my CRT/LCD life and saving "energy"!

my personal opinion is "If I am not using this Machine, then its better being off or on energy saving mode!

Defiantly many others would have their other opinions, therefore another site dedicated site for screen savers would really serve just for both, the screen saver and its developer, and the "evaluator"!

Cheers.

Reply   |   Comment by Dr. Olaimi  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#39

Wow, 70 thumps and 200 thumps down so far! What a fine recommendation for a program.
#12, ZF's comments are informative.
#19, Rover gives good information also.
and #27, Darin has a good point.
All very helpful. I, myself don't mind screensavers as a once in a while thing to gaze at, but I'm certainly quite capable of getting a screensaver up and running without the need for a screensaver manager. Unfortunately uninstalling the manager also uninstalls the Windmill so if I must take the manager with the screensaver, then I'll pass this program altogether. AstroGemini, most people don't care to be dictated to, drop the manager and just furnish the screensavers, is my advice, for what it's worth.

Reply   |   Comment by Quixote  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#38

To keep the 'green' spirit up, let's only consume the energy we really need.
Use the power save mode in stead of screen savers.

Thx

Reply   |   Comment by Pjotr  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#37

good for a view, bad for a screen "SAVER?" No no no, use Screen BLACKOUT "Blanker" if you truely really honestly want to save the phosphours of your precious monitor, nice gfx and sounds worth a view or two indeed. <(___)~

Reply   |   Comment by StanP.  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#36

The web page for this screen saver was flagged by Mcafee Site Advisor as being linked to "3d-screensaver-download.com which we found to be a distributor of adware, spyware, or other potentially unwanted programs."

Reply   |   Comment by Dave  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#35

Mcafee Site Advisor flagged http://www.astrogemini.com/windmill.html as being linked to "3d-screensaver-download.com which we found to be a distributor of adware, spyware, or other potentially unwanted programs."

Reply   |   Comment by Dave  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#34

Mcafee Site Advisor flagged Astro Gemini as being linked to "3d-screensaver-download.com which we found to be a distributor of adware, spyware, or other potentially unwanted programs."

Reply   |   Comment by Dave  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#33

I appreciate GAOTD hustling up a program for us to try each day and acknowledge we won't have a blockbuster every day. Windmill 3D loaded without a hitch but when I saw the 2 extra desktop icons and not being an astrology buff, the caution flag began to unfurl. Then each time I tried to launch, the program demonstrated it's insecurity by trying to call home to mama. That makes me nervous, nervous enough to call up the uninstall henchmen. Thanks for the quick ride, maybe tomorrow.

Reply   |   Comment by SilverGeek  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#32

I don't know why they keep saying no one likes screensavers. I do. I haven't needed any of the stuff they had this week, nothing I would use. Just one jigsaw game.

Reply   |   Comment by Diane Gargaro  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#31

Cute screensaver! I usually uncheck the music on them soon after. I like water sounds but the music usually gets repetitive.

Reply   |   Comment by Diane Gargaro  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#30

I don't think Gemini screensavers are the best I've seen but their not bad. I'm glad that a lot of you are enjoying them though. Thanks GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by jempetts  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#29

OK, I'll give this piece of Astro Gemini software a second chance.

Downloaded, activated and installed fine.

Upon the first run of the ugly bloatware screensaver manager thingamajig that accompanies this screensaver, it immediately wants to 'phone home'. I blocked that Internet request and I closed it and uninstalled this behemoth of a manager. (Note: This does not effect the correct working of the screensaver itself.)

So, what about the screensaver itself (which can be configured via Windows' own built-in manager)?

I'll take the features list beside it:
* Full 3D environment
It is.

* High-quality animation
Fair animation. (Butterflies don't fly like that, neither do the birds, etc..)
It's effective viewed from a distance and without any knowledge of the dynamics of animal movement or basic animation skills/laws. And in this case; that's OK. The animation gets the job done, but high-quality 'it ain't'.

* Extremely realistic, colorful graphics
Forget realistic, enjoy the colors.

* Find yourself in an ideal place to rest and relax
Reaching...

* Relaxing music and nature sounds
To me, the music was just plain annoying (what is it's title, "Dance Of The Happy Little Leprechauns Dressed In Pink Tutu's", or what?). But, it can be turned off. :-)

The 'nature sounds' do their job (and, if so desired, can be turned off as well).

* Digital Clock
Check. With the option to display it in 12 or 24 hour format.

* FPS counter
Check.

* Gorgeous traditional Dutch windmill.
Check. But, there's something really weird about it: It's not set in a typical Dutch setting/scenery. So, why the Dutch windmill? I have no idea...

Conclusion:
It's an original screensaver, AFAIAC. It has a weird scenery, considering the Dutch windmill, but it's pleasant to the eyes because of the colors. If you don't mind the animations (otherwise just forget about realism and/or animation laws), the music (can be turned off), the weird setting of it all (take it as it is) and the Astro Gemini manager (otherwise uninstall it); you'll enjoy it.

Only severe gripe I have about it is the Astro Gemini screensaver manager. It really should be an optional installation, no matter the current ability to uninstall it afterwards.

I also found that clicks are monitored via this thingamajig, or at least I found an *.xml file within Application Data\Astro Gemini Software\(Some subfolder) that indicates that. Along with the for mentioned 'phoning home' behavior, I wonder why the clicks are monitored and for what purpose? I did not do an in depth search to this matter, I just removed the Astro Gemini Software folder entirely. But, it does raise some questions (the very limited privacy statement on the web site did not set my mind on ease, either)...

Reply   |   Comment by eeZee  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#28

To #27 - Darin - Of course you have absolutely no idea what is popular, and what is not. All you get to read is (usually) the complaints, moans and groans from the comments section and from that you can determine what is popular?

How about if I suggested that actual downloads determined popularity. Furthermore what if I suggested that the screensavers are downloaded and installed more than the software and games on some days. And users were quietly satisfied enough that they felt no need to enter the comments section to argue that they had a right to enjoy screensavers?

Most of the comments against screensavers sound like they are coming from a disgruntled user who doesn't like screensavers personally, and feels the need to take on the responsibility to educate others as to why they shouldn't enjoy them either (because they don't save the screen, then won't stop global warming, they run the cpu too high, too many registry keys, the wrong shade of blue).

Best to get over it - Screensaver sunday is appreciated by some users who perhaps bite their tongues on the other days because the software or games doesn't appeal to them. The GOTD Team does read this comments section, and does listen to legitimate complaints. If personally, you don't like screensavers - be happy it is 6 days software to 1 day screensaver, and not the other way around. :)

Reply   |   Comment by BuBBy  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#27

I've been coming to this site for along time and I've come to the conclusion that the users opinions or comments do not matter when it comes to selecting software to give away. I understand it's free, but why do they give us the ability to "make comments on the software here" when obviously no one is listening? How can they not see that screen savers, for one, ARE NOT POPULAR.... And then rehash them???? What's going on. Why not just forget the whole comment thing all together?

Reply   |   Comment by Darin  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#26

Err.... Installed the screensaver, tested it out, and it was way to slow with 4 fps average. Maybe it's just my computer, but I've been able to run more graphic-intensive stuff like Half-Life 2 and it gave me at least 15 fps. Also, the Screensaver Manager is nothing but more promotional material for their screensavers to make you buy more. I wonder what would happen if you bought everything they offered. I recommend you to at least uninstall the manager if you decide to keep the screensaver.

Reply   |   Comment by GMMan  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#25

#12, ZF, your post falls into the fear-mongering category. The installer put two small files in C:\Programs\Astro Gemini--not what you wanted, but better than a lot of installers, which will put everything into C:\Programs, even if you tell them to install elsewhere. The files it put into C:\Windows\Application Data\Astro Gemini Software were related to the Astro Gemini Screensaver Manager, which is common code, and therefor installs into a common location (not hidden, but not obvious for code). Add/Remove Programs is the standard way to uninstall programs, particularly common code. How many files and folders it installs into its own folder is completely irrelevant. The total space is relevant (about 3.5 MB, half of which is from screenshots of all of their screensavers). To put that into perspective, my Media Center PC frequently records about twenty-thousand times that much in a single day. As for Microsoft DLL's, that's almost certainly due to an incorrect approach to installation tracing. Windows File Protection (at least in XP and higher) will usually immediately undo that (I've never had an Astro Gemini screensaver install any Microsoft DLL's). It's no great mystery what it's doing at startup--the screensaver doesn't access the Internet, but the screensaver manager does, in order to download the latest updates. You can simply deselect its options, under Update Settings. Or, you can uninstall the screensaver manager (you may need to adjust the shortcuts to link directly to the screensaver, rather than indirectly to it via the screensaver manager). The typical reason that some garbage gets left behind by uninstallers is that many only uninstall what they installed, not data that was generated or downloaded at execution time (of course, most of the time, that stuff should have been uninstalled). It's also a myth that uninstalling puts everything back like it was. Part of many installations are one-way. Completely undoing most installations requires uninstalling, then doing a System Restore to a manual restore point which you set just prior to installation. Left over data may need to be manually deleted.

I get tired of the endless complaining and whining over nothing. I recently installed some small media applications on my Vista PC. The total registry changes were around 56,000 entries, almost all generated by Vista itself, totalling around 22 MB for the registry entries alone (the applications themselves were a small fraction of that size). After letting the applications run and rebooting, Vista deleted the garbage it had generated (apart from housekeeping, and all the stuff that gets changed when restarting). The actual number of registry entries changed by the installer itself was only around a couple of thousand. Serious applications can easily change 50,000 or more registry entries when they are installed.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#24

Again I´m surprised about the positive comments:

- If you take a closer look at Screen-'Savers': those created by 'Astro Gemini' are technical, optical and related to their behaviour mostly below average...
Their seemingly rendered(?) images look like beeing produced by (at least) 5 years old technics and not realistic at all.

But the looking of course is - other as the programming - a matter of taste.

Thank you - but I´m waiting for tomoorow.
___________________
(german)werwölfchen

Reply   |   Comment by (german)werwölfchen  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#23

Having just returned from a month long holiday in the Netherlands and typically spending a month or more there every year for the last 15 years I just had to have this. While I may not have seen every windmill the country all the ones I've seen and visited have been made of wood and thatch rather than brick. Still cool though. Now if I could just get the software to work I'll be all set. Rather than displaying windmills, tulips and animals my screen just quickly and continuously cycles thru a rainbow of solid colors. Makes me kind of dizzy to watch. Hope I can get it working. Thanks GOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Seth  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#22

Nice screensaver from Astro Gemini they are generally allways quite good.
# 10 Kevin you can uninstall the Astro Gemini download/screensaver manager it's an apart program and it will not influence the settings and adjustments in any way for the screensaver.

Reply   |   Comment by Safely  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#21

This is the second screensaver from this company that I have downloaded without finding the activation files which totally ruins it for me. I can find demos with their pushy ads anywhere.

Reply   |   Comment by Peggy  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#20

#11 Corinne

You are absolutely right :)

#12 ZF

Thanks for those keywords.

Reply   |   Comment by ~ Robert ~  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#19

Thanks GAOTD! :)

FYI, You don't have to use Astro Gemini's manager. Windows own screen saver manager can bring up this Savers setup directly, and you can replace their phoney desktop shortcut to this saver, with one that actually leads directly to this saver.

rightclick on the shortcut, choose properties, and replace
"C:\Program Files\Astro Gemini Software\Windmill 3D Screensaver\screensaverlauncher.exe" /j windmill /p "Windmill 3D Screensaver"

with "C:\WINDOWS\system32\Windmill 3D Screensaver.scr"

Reply   |   Comment by Rover  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#18

This is a beautiful DirectX 8 screensaver. Graphically, it's very well done for DX8, especially the animals (sheep, hens, birds, butterflies, and a donkey). The hens and particularly the butterflies were upscaled to make them visible on low-resolution displays. The colors are over-saturated, but many people prefer colors that way. The music is upbeat, but personally I find it repetitive and annoying. It renders easily, and there are a reasonable number of camera paths and viewing angles. High resolution screenshots on BladedThoth's forum:
http://forum.bladedthoth.com/viewtopic.php?p=282#282

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#17

Do the blades on the windmill move? I likewise had the problem of this company messing up my screensavers. I would love a screensaver of the ocean that moves and has sound. Anyone know one like that?

Reply   |   Comment by Debra  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#16

Great screen saver, though I find that running it in 800X600 resolution works best. Something about Astro Gemini software that gets glitchy at higher resolutions even though I'm running 2GB's of RAM, and a Geforce 5500 video card with a 3.0 processor. All other higher end (Resource demanding)savers run with no problems.

Reply   |   Comment by Phil  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#15

Nice - just in time for spring. I like the fact that you can disable the music & only hear the animals & birds chirping. Good scenes & this one loads faster than the other Gemini savers I use....which I guess is no big deal but it was nice at least when hitting the preview button to not have to wait as long. Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by Lori  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#14

It's good to get an absolutely free screensaver.

Nearly all offer a free screensaver, but you get an add window after a few seconds of activation.

Reply   |   Comment by tymature  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#13

This came with three different files: the Activate, the Readme, and the Setup. Like usual, you must activate it first before you can continue to the Setup or else it will be unregistered.

Using the Astro Gemini Screensaver Manager, you are able to change the settings of your screensaver(s). With this one, you can choose how loud you want the volume to be, set the gamma control, and other miscellaneous items, such as whether to make the screensaver disappear on movement of the mouse or whether or not to show time.

This screensaver is very soothing for the eyes, for it shows a nice, peaceful scene. Of course, this scene includes a windmill, hence Windmill 3D Screensaver. It is also in three dimension graphics. How good it looks depends on your computer's graphic card.

I will definitely keep this screensaver. It will add a nice touch to all my other screensavers, especially since the Astro Gemini Screensaver Manager lets you rotate between all the different screensavers you have. I give it a two thumbs up.

Thanks for a great screensaver, GAOTD!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Bobby619  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#12

I invited this program onto my hard drive, it turned out to be a bit of an ill mannered guest. Astro Gemini's installation behaviour was needlessly sloppy and intrusive.

Todays giveaway package contained Activate.exe and Setup.exe. Activate.exe was the GOTD activation module of course, which took care of the relevant product registration activities, while Setup.exe was a basic installer for the Astro Gemini manager and screensaver package. I ran the setup and instructed it to install to F:\temp, I knew it would surely drop an .SCR in the Windows folder as well but I didn't expect it to fling files all over my system after I'd explicitly told it where to install to.

It's registry activity was fine, adding a few expected values relating to the program location, but the file system activity was sloppy indeed. Despite my wishes, it added an "Astro Gemini Software" folder in C:\Program Files, which only contained the uninstall exe and dat file (which should have been put in the specified program folder on my F:\ drive). Then it unloaded a bunch of files in "C:\windows\Application Data\Astro Gemini Software" -- 45 folders and 210 files to be exact! (a whole catalog of product details along with settings related to the software installed). It also dropped a couple of Microsoft DLLs in the system folder, though I don't fault it for doing that. What did it drop in the folder I told it to install to? A mere handful of files. How insulting.

When I ran the program the initial splash screen loaded, telling me to wait, but it never went anywhere. I could tell it wasn't locked up so I fired up Sysinternals Registry Monitor to see if it was doing anything, sure enough it was in an endless cycle of checking my modem and internet related settings. The thing is I had disconnected from the net before starting the program, and it 'seems like' it just wouldn't proceed on this system without doing something network related first, who knows. So, I killed the process, tried running it a few other ways but got the same results, then uninstalled.

They give you a link to uninstall the screensaver in the start menu, but you have to dig into the add/remove programs to find the uninstall link for the screen saver manager. Thus you have to run two uninstall routines to the one that installed it all. In the end it removed everything from the start menu, desktop, program files and the 'main' installation folder, and everything except 11 folders and 27 files in the application data folder. So, apart from those remnants in Application Data it UN-installed pretty cleanly.

Astro Gemini, despite the attraction of your offerings I doubt I will be installing this or any other products of yours on the PC I'd really intended this for, and I believe your programmers have done an injustice to your artists.


Watch your software folks, keywords: InCtrl5 XPeFiles

Reply   |   Comment by ZF  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

I'm going to have to comment here. The type of windmill is vaguely reminiscent of the Noord-Hollandse poldermolen, except it's missing the tail.

This type of windmill does not appear outside of Noord-Holland. The house type however is really not found in that area of the country.

This is what a traditional farm in that part of the country looks like: http://www.boerderijenstichting.nl/Foto%27s/wieweetwaar2.jpg

I know, I know, I'm being a pedant, but this sort of stuff irks me if this sort of stuff is presented as if it's what traditional farms and windmills in this country looked like.

You can mock me now.

Reply   |   Comment by Corine  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#10

This comment is about working around the Astro Gemini screensaver manager. I have only tried this workaround on Vista HP so someone else can report on XP.

To bypass Astro Gemini's manager in Vista you can right click on your desktop and select "Personalize". In the personalization window that opens select "Screen Saver" and the Windows "Screen Saver Settings" manager will open. Change the screensaver from "Astro Gemini Screensaver Manager" to whatever screensaver you prefer, including today's offer.

Astro Gemini does not actually hijack the Window's manager. They have devised a very clever variation of a nag screen and a unique scheme to launch it. I actually like using it but I understand that others do not.

Reply   |   Comment by Kevin  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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